Fixes are as fast as bug reports.
Update, February 4 (5:25pm ET): Fix update arriving today
what you need to know
- Multiple users reported that Magic Eraser was crashing the Google Photos application.
- Following the latest update to the Photos app on the Google Pixel 6 series, a new bug has appeared.
- Google has acknowledged the problem, but there doesn’t seem to be a fix yet.
Anyone with a Pixel 6 or 6 Pro has likely encountered one of the many bugs that have cropped up in the months since Google released its best Android phone last year. While some of them have been fixed, like the Microsoft Teams emergency call bug, new ones keep popping up.
The latest bug affecting the Google Pixel 6 series was discovered after an update to the Google Photos app. As discovered by PhoneArena, attempting to use the Magic Eraser feature will cause the Photos application to crash.
It’s unclear what caused the problem, but several users expressed the same sentiment Twitter and Reddit. The general consensus is that a recent photo update introduced this mysterious bug.
In response to a complaint, a Google representative appeared to have acknowledged the problem on Twitter. However, so far, there is no known solution other than the general troubleshooting steps listed on the Google Play support page.
Magic Eraser is one of the best Pixel 6 features Google has used as part of an extensive marketing effort for its flagship series. But now, it’s causing one of the worst nightmares Pixel 6 owners have ever had.
This is the latest bug to affect Google’s latest flagship series since its release. In December, the Mountain View-based tech giant disabled Call Screening and Hold For Me due to a simultaneous bug in the December update. Until then, the phones offered some users random-dialed virtual contacts.
At the moment, the only viable workaround seems to be to avoid updating to the latest version of the Photos app, assuming Magic Eraser is still functional on your device.
Update, February 4 (5:25pm ET) ― Google is rolling out a fix
With the widespread coverage of the Magic Eraser vulnerability, Google is rolling out a fix.The company responded to a Reddit post explaining that it is rolling out a fix today and users should update Google Photos to the latest version 188.8.131.526251772 “Or higher.”